Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts? The answer is Robert Indiana’s Four Americans in Paris.
The 1970 work is a poster design that Indiana created as publicity for the Four Americans in Paris exhibition organized by the Museum of Modern Art.
Robert Indiana knew the importance of words. In the fifties he lived on the Manhattan waterfront, where he first began to see the world as an opportunity for visual art. Today, he is famous for art portrayed through multiple mediums, from poetry to painting.
He is most well known for his large, unusual sculptures. Whether you know his name or not, most would recognize pieces of his iconic works. Perhaps the most famous is the colorful LOVE sculpture. The original was created in 1966, but innumerable versions are found everywhere, from cufflinks to graffiti. It’s been duplicated in different colors, sizes, styles, and languages.
The University of Oklahoma recently acquired their very own LOVE sculpture due to a generous donation from 1957 OU alumnus William Obering. It sits outside Jacobson Hall, the OU Visitors Center. Stop by, take a picture, and tag us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter!
“The ‘LOVE Sculpture’ is the culmination of ten years of work based on the original premise that the word is an appropriated and usable element of art, just as Picasso and the Cubists made use of it at the beginning of the century, which evolved inevitably, in both my ‘LOVE’ paintings and sculpture, into the concept that the word is also a fit and viable subject for art.” (Robert Indiana, Published in Art Now: New York, March 1969)
Robert Indiana (U.S., 1928)
Four Americans in Paris, 1970
Offset lithograph (Poster)
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman
Gift of Mrs. H. J. Ardey, 1971